Over the years, Earth Day has really evolved into a major social movement. While I wouldn’t consider myself an environmentalist, I really started to become more environmentally conscious when I began to work on sustainability focused initiatives at my day job. It really opened up my eyes to how horribly we’re treating our planet and how easy it is to implement small behavioral changes that can have a big impact over time when it comes to my personal responsibility.
I’ve participated in Earth Day celebrations every year since 2012 from volunteering time to clean up a park to hosting events requesting the donation of clothes and books that can be reused by others. This year’s Earth Day celebration, however, was my first in Portland and I absolutely enjoyed spending it with a group of amazing women from all across the US whose journey also brought them to the Pacific Northwest.
A fellow Portland Blogger, Kristina McInnis, hosted an event in collaboration with Don Francisco’s with a fun activity planned for us. We kicked off our morning with Don Francisco’s tasty coffee at the dual shops of Gone West PDX and Vine and Dandy. We were so lucky to have a super sun shiny day to pot our own succulents, take some fun pictures and learn how to improve the health of our plants by using coffee grinds!
Below are are a few photos I took of the cutest dual shop: Vine & Dandy and Gone West PDX. Both shops are women owned businesses and offer an array of plants as well as locally made trinkets, including beauty items and jewelry. Whether you live in Portland or plan on making a trip here, I definitely suggest stopping by their shop.
At the event I picked up a jade roller which supposedly boosts blood circulation, reduces under-eye swelling, and helps products absorb better into your skin. I’m excited to give it a try. They also had the exact plant I fell in love with as I’ve been researching plants for our home. It’s a monstera deliciosa and has the most beautiful split leaves and is even sprouting new ones. I was so happy to come across this beauty.
5 Simple Ways You can Make a Positive Environmental Impact
- Change your driving habits. You can carpool to places with friends, families and coworkers or use public transportation to get around.
- Be conscious of your water usage. Turn the faucet off when brushing your teeth and washing dishes but not actually using the water.
- Use refillable water bottles and lunch containers. You can reduce your waste significantly with these simple changes and these days, there are so many cute containers to choose from.
- Donate items that can be used by someone else rather than disposing of them or get creative and give items a new use. For example, you can clean out a candle holder and reuse as a vase, makeup brush holder or to store small one-off items such as loose buttons and safety pins.
- Ditch the plastic (and paper!) and use reusable grocery bags. In case you are not aware, plastic is terrible for the environment – they take an extremely long time to decompose, release chemicals into the soil (which can also seep into your ground water) and they tend to end up in our oceans (take a second to google this and get a visual). These are environmental issues with all plastics, not just grocery bags, but this is the most common single use plastic item so countries like Australia and states like California and Hawaii have banned them entirely. Oregon House just approved a statewide ban on plastic bags and is now in the hands of the Senate.
Thank you to all involved to bring this event together:
Event Sponsor: Don Francisco’s Coffee
Event Coordinator: Kristina McInnas
Event Photographer: Jessie Rae Price